Kochi, Aug 21: The monsoon fury in the state has led the Kerala High Court to stay the declaration of all India entrance exam results conducted by the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) for a period of three weeks. Candidates from the state who are eligible and willing to take the exam could not do so due to the flood situation in the state.

A notice regarding the inability of candidates to take the exam has been issued to ICAR and the Union government by Justice Muhammed Mustaque. The entrance exam scheduled to be held on August 18 and 19 could not be attended by many aspiring candidates owing to heavy rainfall in the state, said Amal CT and Adarsh KC in their petition. The aspiring candidates who could not take the exam pointed out the inequality existing in the country as candidates from other states were able to do so.

The petitioners submitted before the high court that the ICAR even ignored the state government’s appeal and went ahead with the decision to hold the exam for courses in various institutes, including Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT). While many aspirants were in relief camps, many others could not even step out of their residences on August 18 and 19, said the petitioners. Since August 8, an estimated 223 people have lost their lives in Kerala’s worst floods. The floods have in fact forced more than 10 lakh people out of their homes.

(With PTI inputs)